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WSJ: Navy Stripping Three-Star Vice Adm. Aucoin of Command

WSJ: Navy Stripping Three-Star Vice Adm. Aucoin of Command
Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

By    |   Tuesday, 22 August 2017 10:08 PM

The U.S. Navy plans to remove the three-star commander of the premier U.S. Seventh Fleet in the wake of four collisions in Asia and the deaths of several sailors, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Two unnamed U.S. officials told the Journal that Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin will be relieved of command Wednesday.

The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift, is traveling to Yokosuka, Japan, to remove Aucoin for a loss of confidence in his leadership, Navy Times reported.

According to the Journal, Aucoin was expected to retire in coming weeks, but under the Navy's tradition of public accountability, commanders or ship captains are dismissed as soon as their superiors lose confidence in their leadership.

Navy officials are now investigating the role that training, manning and other internal fleet processes may have played in the deadly collisions, and have imposed a rare operational pause following the accidents.

The collisions include that of the destroyer USS John S. McCain with a commercial vessel Monday as the McCain headed for a port visit in Singapore. A search and rescue operation had been under way for 10 missing sailors. Navy officials said Tuesday some remains have been found.

That accident followed the destroyer USS Fitzgerald's June 17 collision with another commercial ship, killing seven sailors.

The Navy said last week the Fitzgerald's commanding officer, the ship's executive officer and the senior enlisted sailor on the ship all had been relieved of their command.

Two other accidents within the U.S. Seventh Fleet's area of responsibility occurred earlier this year. In May, the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing vessel, and in January, another cruiser, the USS Antietam, ran aground near its port in Yokosuka.

Aucoin, a fighter pilot, received his commission in 1980 through the University of North Carolina Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps program, and was designated a naval flight officer the next year, the Journal reported.

He served on a number of aircraft carriers as a pilot and as a commander and held other jobs at the Pentagon. He became Seventh Fleet commander in September 2015, the Journal reported.

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The U.S. Navy plans to remove the three-star commander of the premier U.S. Seventh Fleet in the wake of four collisions in Asia and the deaths of several sailors, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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